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Lavallette camp trains young forensic scientists

By Jean Mikle

Instead of swimming or making crafts, kids who attend the borough’s Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Science Camp will get to solve a “crime.”

The camp, now in its seventh year, is open to kids ages 10-17. Scheduled to be held from Aug. 11-13, it’s sponsored by the Lavallette Recreation Commission and the borough’s Municipal Alliance. The camp is run by Doug Houser, a teacher and developer of the Forensic Science Program at Brick Memorial High School.

Here’s what you need to know if your child would like to join the camp:

The camp’s theme is based on a bank robbery investigation. Campers will get to work with handwriting and document analysis and analysis of currency to detect counterfeiting.

Some other activities campers will participate in include serial number restoration, like that done on firearms, trajectory of bullets, intelligence analysis of crime patterns, art forgery detection and tracking robbers using GPS.

Cost of the camp is $165 per child. It will be held at the Union Church on Grand Central (Route 35) and Philadelphia avenues in Lavallette.

Camp director Doug Houser said he started the Forensic Science program at Brick Memorial in memory of Brittany Gregory, a student of Houser’s who aspired to be a forensic scientist. Gregory was only 16 when she was murdered in 2004 by Howell resident Jack Fuller Jr., a family friend.

Kids in this summer’s previous two camps successfully uncovered clues hidden on the Lavallette beach and analyzed them to uncover the identity of victims, Houser said. They also were able to match a suspect to a crime using DNA.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about next week’s camp can go towww.houserforensicscamps.com or call 732-644-7630.

Jean Mikle: 732-643-4050, jmikle@gannettnj.com

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